Border Patrol agents searched the Rio Grande river near Del Rio, Texas for a two-year-old Brazilian-born girl who is thought to have drowned while trying to cross with her Haitian mother. The agents were told about the girl when they apprehended the mother at the border.
U.S. Border Patrol, Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue, Air and Marine Operations and law enforcement from Mexico have all been involved with the search, but the girl has not yet been found.
“Any time a child is lost it is a tragic event,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz said. “I can not imagine the anguish the parents of this young girl must be feeling and I hope our search efforts pay off with a positive outcome.”
The reports come just days after a 25-year-old father and almost two-year-old daughter drowned in the Rio Grande while he was trying to bring his wife across to the U.S.
It’s devastating that people are losing their lives in their attempts to get to the U.S. illegally. No one wants little children to lose their lives. The U.S. government can’t take responsibility for these deaths, though, when they come about because people continue to break the law and try to cross the border in dangerous ways.
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